Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity with Jill Louise Busby
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Come on down to Orca Books Co-op on September 10 at 5:00pm, where Jill Louise Busby reads from and discusses her new book of essays. Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity.
OUR FIRST IN-STORE EVENT SINCE MOVING!
Jill Louise Busby spent years in the nonprofit sector specializing in Diversity & Inclusion. She spoke at academic institutions, businesses, and detention centers on the topics of Race, Power, and Privilege and delivered over two-hundred workshops to nonprofit organizations all over the California Bay Area.
In 2016, fed up with what passed as progressive in the Pacific Northwest, Busby uploaded a one-minute video about race, white institutions, and faux liberalism to Instagram. The video received millions of views across social platforms. As her pithy persona Jillisblack became an it-voice weighing in on all things race-based, Jill began to notice parallels between her performance of “diversity” in the white corporate world and of “wokeness” for her online following. Both, she realized, were scripted.
Unfollow Me is about tokenism, micro-fame, and inhabiting spaces—real and virtual, black and white—where complicity is the price of entry. Busby's social commentary manages to be both wryly funny and achingly open-hearted as she recounts her shape-shifting moves among the subtle hierarchies of progressive communities. Unfollow Me is a sharply personal and self-questioning critique of white fragility (and other words for racism), respectability politics (and other words for shame), and all the places where fear masquerades as progress.